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3.96  ·  Rating details ·  54 ratings  ·  11 reviews
Geordie 'Tappy' was there at the beginning when Eric Burdon and the boys formed the Animals and when they recorded their anthem 'House of the Rising Sun'. He was there at the end when they re-formed for a world tour in the early 80s. He was also there when unknown guitarist Jimi Hendrix played to a handful of punters in a smoky American club and next day recorded one of hi ...more
Hardcover, 236 pages
Published June 25th 2009 by JR Books Ltd
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Justin
Mar 16, 2010 rated it it was amazing
As a long term fan of rock and soul music and especially Jimi Hendrix I was eagerly looking forward to this book and was not disappointed.

The book is completely full of great little anecdotes and stories - some are a different view on well known rock events (like Hendrix burning his guitar at Montreux, where Tappy was the person who handed him the lighter fuel!), others are enthralling accounts of spending time with some of the greatest musical acts such as John Lennon, Elvis, The Animals, Tina
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Marc Corn
Jun 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Shelves: own-it
Where do I start with this book? This book follows the life of a staring Roadie through height of the Rock 'N' Roll era. His life was filled with ups, downs, laughs and unfortunate endings. As you read through the book, you will be taken on a journey of the music industry, some parts will make you laugh, and other parts will leave you feeling concerned. I was certainly surprised by the real cause of Jimi Hendrix's death, but this seemed obvious as the closing chapters came along. I won't be givi ...more
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Aggie
Oct 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: any music fan, particularly those who like 60s rock.
Recommended to Aggie by: No one. Found it by chance.
Loved this book. Parts of it had me cracking up over the shenanigans that The Animals pulled, and other times I got pissed off, especially when Wright discussed Ike and Tina Turner's relationship. God, Ike was an asshole!!!!! Very entertaining read. Oh, I love my Animals no matter how obnoxious they were!!
C'lestial
Oct 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Adults, Rock Fanatics of the 60's
I have always been interested in the behind the scene tales of rock stars and some of the famous. This was written by a roadie who was originally with Eric Burdon and Animals when they first started up and other stories including Ike & Tina Turner until after the death of Jimi Hendrix. Burdon & especially Hendrix, both musicians who were my favorites made this a great read...
I really enjoyed the book and laughed my ass off over some of the antics that went on. It was a really good read portrayin
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Gil Burgh
Dec 10, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: music
Although the book offers some insights into the British rock scene at the time and the intrigue surrounding Hendrix's death, too much emphasis is placed on the details of the author's sexploits. Sure, the exploits with groupies deserves mention, and certainly some analysis, but endless personal anecdotes are not only irritating but become boring.

The book also has its share of inacuracies, especially dates. While this is not always a problem, it does at times put into question the author's recoll
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Don
Aug 23, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: hendrix, music
The life of a Roadie would contain all sorts of sexual encounters, BUT going off and somewhat bragging about the experiences gets shockingly tiring after a while.

I found the tales of certain band members humorous, and also very disgusting.

Plus, the author lies about Hendrix being murdered just so the book would sell more.

Don't bother reading unless you are just curious for something to waste your time.
Peggy
This book was super entertaining, especially if you like rock biographies. Tappy Wright worked as the road manager for the Animals (one of the best rock bands of all time, IMO) as well as working with Jimi Hendrix and Ike and Tina Turner. Very entertaining stories to tell! I highly recommend it!
Steve Wright
Mar 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: autobiographical
This is the best, most interesting, insightful book I have read. No story is left untold, even some most people would keep to themselves. Tappy tells of exploits while being a roadie for some of the biggest names in music back in the days when music was good.
Lisa
Apr 20, 2016 rated it liked it
Pretty good read. It is interesting to hear about someone who was really present at some interesting events in rock history. I must say that alot of what he says should be taken with a grain of salt - especially involving Jimi's death. His vignettes are interesting if a little short.
Adrian Wilding
Sep 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
Great insight to life on the road with top artists of the swinging 60's!! The piece about the death of Jimi Hendrix was astounding!!
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